It's easy to traverse through a crowd; the more people congregate, the more irrelevant your individuality becomes. Innate fears of an accidental human touch dissipate among these situations that otherwise can stop you in your tracks, and you begin to act, feel, and respond to one another as a pack.
In my photographs, I focus on this sociological shift around spectacles, in varying stages and environments, from a barren landscape to city streets crowded with people. Parades, county fairs, trade shows, and season-specific events are of interest in a culture permeated by large-scale color imagery, consumerism, and forward momentum. Each event is transitory, challenging me to capture a single image before that scene is forever altered.
Presented as freestanding sculptural light-boxes, each installation is distinctive from another and comments on commercial and public presentations. Viewing the images you are confronted face-to-face on the opposing side with other observers. What is normally a passive state when viewing photographs, now transforms into active participation. These installations are dispersed around the gallery floors, not as advertisement on the walls, but as a clear remark on their physicality as sculptural objects to be revered by the fast-paced onlooker in our image-filled world.
- Clint Baclawski, 2008
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